Up until 2012, biological scientist and avid gamer James Young was just like any of us. But then in 2012 he was pulled under a train in London, and his life changed forever.
But in 2016, the science of the future was able to give James a somewhat normal life. He has a prosthetic arm that looks similar to Snake’s in Metal Gear Solid V. It was built by Sophie de Oliveira Barata, who is a member of the Alternative Limb Project. Both James and Sophie worked together with a team of designers to build the arm’s composition, and then they 3D printed it once the prosthetic was complete.
His bionic arm comes with gadgets too. He has a smartwatch in the wrist portion, and the shoulder section has a personal drone attached to it. But if that wasn’t enough awesomeness, he also has fingers that double as a phone charger.
If you want to help James Young’s comfort of life, you can check out his GoFundMe page. He’s raising money for osseointegration – a process of attaching his prosthetic directly to his bones with titanium.
You can follow the robotic adventures of James on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. His website tells more of his story, if you’re interested in reading more about him. If you’re in the UK, you can watch him on a three-part BBC series called Bodyhack: Metal Gear Man.